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Our grandson at lovely Labadee
It seems many cruiselines have their own private beaches which you'll visit sometime while you're at sea. Royal Caribbean offered Labadee, Haiti--a virtual paradise. I'm sure unlike anything the typical Haitian gets to experience.
We arrived by tender and were welcomed to the beat of island music. Since we were among the first to leave the ship, we had our pick of shady spots in which to set up our lounge chairs.
Several old ruins which could be seen along the shore became background to the beachgoers, making quite a contrast.
The first order of business was to rent two floats and snorkeling gear. Our grandson was eager to snorkel and this was his first chance to do so.
The water in several shades of blue, green and torquoise was clear as crystal. Small white fish danced around our feet as we eased ourselves into the smooth water, for there were no waves here.
Please see my additional pics:
picture 2 A musical welcome
picture 3 The ruins and the beach
picture 4 Heading to the bbq
picture 5 Whirling Haitian dancers
After some length of time, we were called to a bbq for lunch while Haitian dancers spun to music and acrobats propelled themselves into the air. A man from this troup who had come from Cap Haitien, ignited a torch and ran it up and down various parts of his body. I didn't care for this demonstration, but I did enjoy the energy from the dancers and acrobats.
Snorkeling in Labadee
Snorkeling was offered at just about every port, so our grandson tried this sport out at Labadee. This location also had parasailing and jetskis available.
Although we planted ourselves on the first beach, a water playground for kids was located further up the shore which looked like it would have been alot of fun.
After the BBQ, we discovered a surfing beach with a large sign announcing the possible appearance of sharks, barracutas, jellyfish, sea urchins and other creatures (picture 2). No, don't think so! Since calmer seas appealed to us, we returned to our original beach.
A 'market area' near the BBQ hut carried carved wooden masks and figures, straw handbags or totes and paintings which were for sale (picture 3)
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